Glanford Park, Scunthorpe United
v West Bromwich Albion, Championship League 3pm

Monday, December 28th, 2009

By Gurjit Dulai

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Id never made the journey to Scunthorpe (think wed only played at Glanford park once prior to this game) so was looking forward to, hopefully, a nice day coupled with a decent result.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We caught the train from Birmingham New Street to Derby, changed there to get to Sheffield where we had a pint in a pub near the station whilst watching a sports channel to see whether the game was going to be called off or not and we made our final connection to Scunthorpe from there.  There are walking signs for Glanford Park as soon as you walk out of the station.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We fancied a drink so walked right across the traffic lights down Oswald Road and walked into The Honest Lawyer, a pub that had a fair few local Scunthorpe fans and a handful of Baggies also.  After a few pints, we had half an hour to get to the ground and the friendly locals were telling us that it would take near on half an hour (we had a eight year old with us) to walk so they called us a cab which dropped us off at the Garden Centre next to the ground.  We returned to the same pub after the game as wed missed our first train back into Sheffield and so had an hour or so to kill.  Once again, the local Scunthorpe supporters made us feel very welcome, which was nice when you consider that wed beat them after the referee sent off two United players and awarded The Albion two penalties.  The next time were playing Scunthorpe, I am most definitely coming back, its experiences like this that put your faith back into supporting your football club after the sanitised away days you sometimes experience in the Premier League.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I thought it looked a lot like the Walsall ground, fully enclosed, showing signs to wear and tear in places.  Upon seeing the away end I was happy to note that our seats were in row J so we had a decent view onto the pitch which looked extremely narrow and short.  This was later proven to be the case as a lot of long throws were entering the box from the sidelines (Im sure Rory Delap could throw from one side to the other).  The side to our left housed the dugouts and the family section, the side to our right housed more home supporters and about a third was used for more Albion fans.  The stand opposite ours was some good old fashioned terracing for the home fans.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

West Brom won the game 3-1.  We took the lead on the 20 minute mark or so through Graham Dorrans.  United equalised within a minute of the restart as Albion dithered whilst the opposition took a quick corner.  West Brom retook the lead after United were reduced to ten men (second booking for the right back), Dorrans was felled in the box and he scored from the resulting penalty kick.  He took a further penalty kick about ten minutes later after Luke Moore was fouled (another sending off for a United player for abusive language to the official I think) and Dorrans stepped up to complete his hat trick but Albion old boy Joe Murphy went low to his right and saved.  Albion got the third and final goal with about five minutes remaining, Brunt squaring the ball to Zuiverloon inside the box, took one touch to control and hit it high past Murphy with his right foot.  With regards to the facilities, there was no alcohol on sale inside the ground which wasnt that much of an issue for me (or for others it appeared), the food looked ok though I am told they ran out of hot dogs.  The toilets were surprisingly large in size.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground seemed easy, well organised.  We got a taxi back to The Honest Lawyer and watched the first half of the Newcastle v Derby game and then made the reversal of the train journey wed made earlier that day.  Left Birmingham at 9am, returned home at 9pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Awesome, as Ive mentioned earlier, it is away days like these that restore your faith in football.  Id like to tip my cap once again to the Scunthorpe fans who were awesome in their appreciation of the Albion fans and their hospitality was second to none. 


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